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The Buddy Program

Now in its 35th year, the Buddy Program has helped thousands of international students settle into McGill and Montreal.

To help you transition to life in Montreal and at McGill, the Buddy Program connects new international students with returning students. Returning McGill students provide the friendly face, the helping hand, and the first Montreal friendship that can make a world of difference for newly arriving international students like yourself. 

Buddy Students

Fall 2024 matching will begin in May 2024. 

If you have questions, please refer to the New Student FAQs

The Buddy Program offers new students:

  • linguistic support
  • cultural guidance
  • information about life at McGill, Montreal and Canada

Typical activities may include:

  • showing students around campus
  • locating banks and grocery stores near the University
  • discussing Montreal neighbourhoods to help find an apartment
  • chatting over a cup of coffee


Note to new international students: Kindly check your McGill email regularly to receive notifications about your match. 

Volunteers and new students are paired on a rolling basis during the year, allowing new Fall students to be in touch with their buddies over the summer. There is no hard deadline for signing up, although it's important for both volunteers and new students to sign up before the term begins in order to ensure a smooth pairing.

Our buddy volunteers are eager to help you and make your transition to life at McGill easier and smoother. We request you to recognize and appreciate the time and effort your buddies put in to help you. You can do so by-

  • Being enthusiastic and curious
  • Being responsive when your buddy reaches out to you
  • Respecting your buddy's privacy
  • Understanding what your buddy can help you with and what is beyond their abilities (see 2. of New Student FAQ)
  • Being clear about your needs from the buddy relationship


If you have any questions about the buddy program or are no longer interested in continuing your match in the Buddy Program

international.buddy [at] (Kindly email us)


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